The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) scored two victories today in its lawsuit against Cowlitz County, the City of Longview and their top law enforcement officials. The lawsuit, filed in September, challenges law enforcement’s campaign of intimidation and harassment against ILWU members and supporters in the wake of the union’s largely peaceful [...]
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LONGVIEW, WA – Union delegates representing a broad swath of public and private sector workers in 30 local unions across Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties unanimously passed a resolution denouncing recent arrests and prosecutions of longshore workers and supporters, citing the prosecution’s failure to produce evidence and [...]
Jake Whiteside, in black, joined 200 ILWU Local 21 members and supporters to surrender at the Cowlitz County Hall of Justice in Kelso, September 16, 2011. Instead of arresting him peacefully, law enforcement officials ambushed him hours later in a church parking lot. Dawn Des Brisay photo.
Oregon Public Broadcasting yesterday reported that “Longshore [...]
Email messages show awareness that Prosecuting Attorney Susan Baur was overreaching her role; Chief Criminal Deputy Charlie Rosenzweig acknowledged that treatment of ILWU members was “much more affirmative” and “intentional” than standard procedure
LONGVIEW, WA (March 1, 2012) – Yesterday, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union asked the federal court for leave to add Cowlitz [...]
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Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark Nelson was fined $250 Thursday for violating state election law last fall in a television commercial opposing the privatization of liquor sales.
Nelson appeared before the state Public Disclosure Commission Thursday in Olympia. The commission unanimously voted to [...]
The Daily News reported:
The longshore union is stepping up pressure to get protesters off the hook for criminal charges stemming from the labor strife at the EGT grain terminal, even accusing Cowlitz County Prosecutor Sue Baur of threatening to harm protesters.
In an email exchange obtained in a public records request, Baur asked Sheriff [...]
A Coast Guard ship, center, patrols the restricted safety zone area in the Columbia River Tuesday as the EGT ship Full Sources and its three tugs docks at the Port of Longview. Barbara LaBoe photo for the Daily News.
The Daily News reported on law enforcement at the EGT terminal this week. Excerpts:
The Daily News in Longview reported Monday afternoon:
Law enforcement officials applauded a tentative deal announced Monday between longshoremen and the EGT grain terminal, saying the agreement could defuse tensions and tempers that have run high in the community for months.
A Coast Guard commander also said Monday he hopes the settlement, the details of [...]
Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha falsely reported hostage-taking at EGT, a lie he backed away from after it had spread worldwide in the media.
A trial date has been set in the federal civil rights case the longshore union filed against local law enforcement agencies — but it’s still more than a year away.
Port commissioners decline to respond during today’s port commission meeting
LONGVIEW, WA (October 21, 2011) – The president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 21 today asked Port of Longview commissioners to drop all trespassing charges related to a union demonstration on the afternoon of September 7 on rural Port of Longview property, [...]
September 30, 2011: Today’s decision against the ILWU by a Federal District Court in Tacoma, WA, was not unexpected. In this area of the law, the procedures are set up to ensure that commerce flows under all circumstances. Normal due process rights found in other areas of the law are muted. Still, the union did [...]
ILWU Local 21 demonstrator pepper-spreayed by several officers in rural Cowlitz County, Washington, September 21, 2011.
The union representing striking longshore workers is calling for the recall of Cowlitz County Sheriff, Mark Nelson.
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union filed a petition, citing civil rights violations, police brutality, and wasteful spending. They’re asking for [...]